The first Nobu outside the US opened in 1997 and while countless imitations have rendered its pioneering fusion approach familiar, the collision of Japanese and global cooking techniques has never been bettered. We’d recommend ordering the dishes that made chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa famous: kushiyaki and anticucho skewers (spicy chicken for preference), tuna tataki with ponzu, new-style sashimi (seared with a hot sauce for people who dislike raw fish) and the legendary black cod with miso. There’s also the finest of classically prepared sushi to remind you that behind the innovation is a rock-solid mastery of Japanese preparation. But while the cooking is as good as ever, some say that “the atmosphere has fallen off” – no bad thing, perhaps. Nobu London is now more family orientated and calmer than its frenetic sibling on Berkeley Street, not least due to the views over Hyde Park and the 1990s minimalism of the interior. Alas, one family trait it seems to share is “surly” service.
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StreetSmart works with over 500 restaurants nationwide by adding £1 to every bill throughout November and December, which is donated to local homeless charities.